Scottish pro-EU vote fuels speculation about new independence drive

The vote to leave the EU in this week's Brexit referendum quickly spawned talk of more referendums, including a repeat of one that nearly tore Britain apart two years ago: one on Scottish independence.

A majority of Scottish voters opted to remain in the European Union, contrary to the overall outcome of Britain's EU referendum.

Scottish government chief Nicola Sturgeon said Friday that the result "makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union."

In a 2014 public vote, Scots opted for remaining a part of Britain.

Ahead of Thursday's referendum, Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP) had announced that there would be a further public vote in case Scotland were to be forced to leave the EU against its will.

"I'm quite certain Nicola Sturgeon would implement the SNPmanifesto" in case of a overall vote for leaving the EU, Sturgeon's predecessor, Alex Salmond, told broadcaster BBC.

All Scottish voting districts opted for remaining part of the EU, with 62 per cent of Scottish voters casting pro-EU ballots and 38 supporting the so-called Brexit.

"Scotland will seek independence now," Harry Potter author JK Rowling said on Twitter.

"[Prime Minister David] Cameron's legacy will be breaking up two unions," the British writer said. "Neither needed to happen."

Voters in Northern Ireland also backed the Remain vote, prompting talk there of Britain forfeiting its mandate to represent the region.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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